How is God with me today? In what He’s made.
With my heart acknowledging Him as Creator, today I feel His presence through the sweet delight He’s hidden in these things set before me: things I’d never notice but for their signature scents.
Dust and broken foliage, that’s all they are, one would suppose, just to look at them. But as I pour herb after herb, spice after spice into their separate confinements, unique fragrances break free to bless the air wafting to my nose, and I marvel at each uniqueness, built in since its creation. Cinnamon, cardamom, cumin… Sage, rosemary, thyme…
Why so many differences in the subtle scent nuances? And why the amazing ability of my olfactory apparatus, that I can easily differentiate one from another? And why the inner programming of delight He’s written on my heart, that these scents should make me smile so without my trying?
Is He not with me, enjoying my enjoyment, the way I enjoy the delight of a son or grandchild of my own? Is it just my imagination that I think I feel His delight at my delight?
What an insult to the Creator not to appreciate and savor all these wonders He’s put before us, and to enjoy the ability He’s given to sense all their great and delicate differences!
Oh, Lord, thank You for this joy: the sense of Your love poured out in these enjoyments. And may my delight at them and thankful acknowledgement of You as their highly skilled Designer bless You with its own unique incense of gratitude and love.
I am small dust and miniscule crumbled foliage, too. But did God not put in my love for Him my own signature fragrance? Is it not “sweet savor” to the Savior of my soul?
Thanking Him this morning…
for parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
for cinnamon, cardamom, cumin and cloves
for caraway and celery and fennel and dill seeds
for ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and star anise,
for my olfactory apparatus
and all this uniqueness
and for the grace that makes it all rise like incense of joy—
to human noses and souls and hearts,
and then in turn, in return, back to the glorious Giver of it all.